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Apatani tribe of Ziro valley

  •  Dibrugarh
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28000/- 5D/4N

Overview

This short tour is a delightful experience covering the quaint valley of Ziro, a scenic landscape hidden in the eastern Himalayas of Arunachal Pradesh. The valley is known throughout the world for the rich indigenous culture of the Apatani people, one of India’s most fascinating tribe. In this trip, you will get to interact and also live with the Apatani people in the homestays with local families, which is an excellent opportunity to learn about their traditional lifestyle. 

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Highlights

  • Living with the Apatani tribe
  • Cultural experience
  • Beautiful Himalayan valley
  • Ferry ride on Brahmaputra River

Stay: Clean village homestay

Meals: All Meal During The Trip

Activities: Village Homestay, Nature Walk, Excursion of places, Scenic Beauty , Cultural Tour

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Dibrugarh - Lakhimpur

    Arrive at Dibrugarh, the nearest airport and major railway head for traveling into central and eastern parts of Arunachal Pradesh. After arrival, drive to Bogibeel river port and catch a ferry across the mighty Brahmaputra and travel to Lakhimpur (5 hours) at the foothills of Arunachal Pradesh for mid-way night halt. Your stay will be in a clean and comfortable city lodge.
  • Day 2: Lakhimpur - Ziro

    After breakfast, travel uphill to Ziro (6-7 hours) in Arunachal Pradesh, it is a beautiful Himalayan valley located at an altitude of 1500m. The countryside of Ziro is surrounded by evergreen forests, terraced rice farms and misty mountains. The Apatanis are the native inhabitants of the valley. They believe to have originated from their ancestor Abotani and belong to the same Tani group as neighbouring Nyishi, Tagin, Adi and Galo tribes. However, they are culturally different and are scientifically quite advanced as a hill tribe, their innovations can be seen in their farms. The indigenous Apatani women are renowned for their nose plug and indigenous tattoos. Ziro has been listed for nomination as UNESCO world heritage site for its unique culture. Enjoy your rural stay with an Apatani family and experience their ethnic cuisine.
  • Day 3: Ziro

    Visit the homes and interact with Apatani people in villages such as Hong, Hari, Baro and Siiro. The villages still have traditional wooden houses built on stilts, the villages are compact with houses built close to each other as the Apatanis often faced raids from the fierce neighbouring tribes. The Lapan is a platform at the centre of every village which serves as the point of gathering for all occasions, tall Babo totem poles can be also seen in front of most houses. One can also go for a hike in the bamboo and pine plantations of the Apatani villages. A visit to the terraced farms to see their wet rice cultivation system and fish farming can be very interesting. Also visit a shrine of Donyi Polo religion, the indigenous faith of the Apatani people. Later, visit the local market at Hapoli town and enjoy the panoramic view of Ziro valley from the landscape viewpoint at Hapoli.
  • Day 4: Ziro - Silapathar

    After breakfast, drive downhill to Silapathar (8 hours) in the plains of Assam for night stay in a standard lodge. If time permits, one can also see nearby villages of Mishing tribe living by the riverside.
  • Day 5: Silapathar - Dibrugarh

    Catch the morning ferry and then drive to Dibrugarh airport (3 hours) for departure. End of tour.
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Pricing

  • 2 pax: Rs.43,500/person
  • 4 pax: Rs.28,000/person

Inclusions

  • Transportation in private Xylo/Scorpio
  • Driver allowance and fuel
  • Ferry charges
  • Accommodation, twin sharing
  • All meals
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Sightseeing activities
  • Entry tickets and parking fees
  • Inner Line Permit

Exclusions

  • Air fares, train tickets
  • Personal expenses (alcohol, laundry, tips, etc.)
  • Camera fee, where applicable

Other Important Information

  • Valid ID proof required to be scanned and sent by email for arranging Arunachal Pradesh entry permit. For foreigners, additional Rs.5000/head for Protected Area Permit.

Cancellation policy

  • 75% Refund if cancelled 30 days before the trip start date.
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